In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.
More Like This BETA
DeviantART is proud to announce two major improvements to the way you browse and discover artwork on the site. These feature are currently only available to Beta Testers. More Like This is deviantART’s newest content discovery tool – enabling you to find similar, relevant deviations, artists, and collections to a chosen deviation. In addition to More Like This, we've made a number of improvements to browsing on deviantART, including an updated navigation, a "full view" mode, and endless scrolling.
- New Sta.sh APIs have been released! Added by $ZombieCoder
- The "Notify me upon resolution" checkbox has been removed from the Report Deviation modal because we found that it promoted negativity within the community and led to harassment. Fixed by $DEVlANT
- The Group "Edit Page" functionality was not functioning properly. Widget descriptions, icons and install buttons went missing. Fixed by $DEVlANT
- Some icons on deviation pages were displaying out-of-date versions under some conditions. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
- Group creation for small number of groups was delayed. Fixed by $DEVlANT
- Deactivated and banned users could report through the moderation system. Fixed by $DEVlANT
- The Twitter emoticon was updated. Fixed by $drommk
- The View & Choose Badge link displayed over the Collections bar when opened on some profile pages. Fixed by $shadowhand
- FAQ text on group creation pages was not properly formatted. Fixed by $DEVlANT
- The "go to" button in notes was not functional. Fixed by $DEVlANT
- There was an issue in Llama trade offer matching. Fixed by $drommk
- Users could encounter errors while saving due to certain conditions. Fixed by $mudimba
- "Watch Redraw" button did not show in Sta.sh under certain situations. Fixed by $Nodren
- The maximum size of brushes has been made bigger. Fixed by $mudimba
- The switcher allowing the owner of a published deviation to view comments that were left while it was in Sta.sh wasn't working. Fixed by $kouiskas
- The submission agreement wouldn't display to new users in some contexts. Fixed by $samshull
- Editing a deviation published from Sta.sh would break the site header. Fixed by $adahacker
- Some editing options were broken. Fixed by $kouiskas
- Some special characters, such as German umlauts, wouldn't be displayed properly in comments. Fixed by $kouiskas
- Writer immediately saved your entry when you opened it for editing. Fixed by $Alisey
- Double spacing after a URL in journals would eat whatever word followed. Fixed by $Alisey
- Rapidly clicking thumbs/emoticons from the sidebar caused crazy over-autosaving. Fixed by $Alisey
- Selecting heading size and then typing did not work. Fixed by $Alisey
- The embedded stash in sidebar was sometimes stealing keyboard events. Fixed by $inazar
- There was a weird weird fade in and fade out for the "loading..." button in the sidebar. Fixed by $inazar
Feedback regarding the new thumbnails was incredibly varied. With over 6,000 comments left on last week's Site Update, there were lots and lots of comments and conversations for us to read through. We've been actively collecting and analyzing the comments and following Journals posted about the topic. Some members were displeased with the new thumbnails, while others were happy, and there were many various opinions that ranged between these two.
DeviantART staff have been testing thumbnails since February. The new thumbnails have also been in Beta Testing for quite some time — one of the longest periods we've had a feature in Beta Testing. Once we released the second gridded option, we received a much more positive response from the community.
While we believe in the updates that were made, we have received a couple of valid complaints about the way certain thumbnails were presented. For example, we give thumbnails a lighter background when their proportions are too tall or too wide. This keeps the rows of deviations looking tidy by visually aligning them. Some members have complained about backgrounds being given to deviations who don't appear to need it. See below:
In response to this, we have adjusted the threshold for a thumbnail being given a background so that thumbs are only given the background when needed. We are working on a few other tweaks that will hopefully improve some of the different cases that have been brought up.
Although we are still gathering feedback and gauging responses, we would like to thank you all for your continued passion toward and interest in the site's function and appearance.
Other feedback included:
- Users would like to mark notes as unread and have a notification still show in the top bar and Message Center. Suggested by *WhiteDiamondsLtd
- Users would like an option to disable emoticons, when commenting. Suggested by =Zyruma
- Users would like a section in the artist's comments where they could specify the tools used to create the artwork. Suggested by ~OreoSmah162
Sharing Your Art
DeviantART offers easy methods of sharing art on other social networks through the Share buttons on deviation pages. Do you share your art on other social networking sites? If so, which? Do you find it easy to share the artwork you've posted to deviantART elsewhere? Would you find it helpful if sharing your art on other sites could be done from the Submit page, or if it were more automatically pushed to your other social networks?
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